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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

High school senior believes his survey data could help improve the community


January 11, 2023

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Will Ashton is working on a survey that focuses on the well-being of Wrangell's cash and subsistence economies and its social fabric. The high school senior wants to present the results to community leaders to help make the town a better place to live.

It's an ambitious senior project that doesn't involve building something, volunteering, painting or reading to the sick or elderly. But it could help make Wrangell a better place to live.

Will Ashton, 18, wants to gather the community's thoughts on the economic and social well-being of the town and use the collected data to help borough leaders improve the quality of life.

He hopes to survey as many residents as possible covering the areas of subsistence economy, cash economy and the social fabric. Ashton's ambition is to survey the entire population of the island. "Even if I could get half, t...

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